Be Inspired by John Lewis, a Civil Rights Icon

Be Inspired by John Lewis, a Civil Rights Icon

By Guimel DeCarvalho
Director of People and Culture

On July 17th Civil Rights leader and Congressman, John Lewis passed away. He was the last remaining March on Washington speaker where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Lewis’ legacy is a lifetime of anti-racist actions.

Learn about him the sacrifices he made to secure voting rights for Black Americans. Start by reading the late Congressman’s biography and find out why he was often called “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” “the conscience of the U.S. Congress,” and “a genuine American hero and moral leader who commands widespread respect in the chamber.”

Watch the documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” the movie “Selma,” read his autobiography “Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement.” Google his speeches including the historic oration the then 23-year-old gave at the 1963 March on Washington and find out why he was urged to edit his original version.

Then follow his example and get in “good trouble.”

Then honor his legacy by requesting your mail-in ballot for November and calling the Senate Majority leader’s office at (202) 224-2541 to ask for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act.


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